Posted by Energy on 2010-10-27 15:53

Lyra Promo In 1995 author Phillip Pullman released a book called Northern Lights, it went on to win multiple awards and became the first part in an epic triliogy. In late 2007 a movie was produced under the american title of the book called, The Golden Compass.

The film that was released in cinemas had been stripped of many of the core features of the book. After waiting for so long to get the movie version of their story the fans agreed that the movie had been a dissapointment. This was unlikely to be the first part of any triliogy, let alone one that could be entitled with the word 'epic'.

What was strange though, was that fans liked scenes in the films, things were filmed well and the characters almost worked but everything felt rushed and unfinished. Even the choice of taking the obvious steampunk world and giving it a more futuristic feel could be forgiven - however there were some cuts that were too harsh for even the fans to bare. Removing the ending and replacing it with an over the top mushy one, removing nearly all the religious imagery, reordering the film, removing any scene that didn't 'push' the main plot along, all and more played part in fans unlike of the full movie.

Had this been the director Chris Weitz fault? - you would think that the man in charge would be the one responsible - not so in the case. A large amount of the blame seems like it can be laid down at the feet of 'the people with the money' at New Line. 3 months before the movie's release it went through a huge transformation. The idea of this site is to try and turn the clock back to before that.

I've been researching the movie on and off for the past few years and have managed to resurect lost scenes and find out a whole wealth of information about the version of the film that never was and may never be. This site is going to be a place where I can put my findings (with sources) and have a scene by scene reordering of the film. This site is going to grow...